PPE operational level continues to be GREEN/conventional: no more extended wear

Masking continues to be required in patient care areas.

Please review the PPE Hazard Assessment for COVID-19 (updated 4/6/22) for the appropriate PPE for patient care.

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Reminder: please do not report to work if not feeling well

July 1st, 2022 by Employee Health

We are experiencing an increase in staff absences due to COVID-19 and staff reporting to work with symptoms of illness. Employees who report to work sick put our patients and other staff members at risk. Please do not report to work sick, including if you are experiencing mild symptoms. Get screened for COVID-19 as soon as symptoms develop or if you think you may have been exposed. Employee Health has test kits available for asymptomatic staff. Please do not report to the Employee Health …

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Conference room occupancy limits and non-clinical spaces returning to pre-COVID-19 occupancy, effective June 13

June 10th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

ANTHC leadership has started planning for the move into phase 5, the final phase of our safe return to campus plan and welcoming all staff back to campus. This work includes reviewing space, evaluating conference room capacity, on-campus dining options and other areas where capacity was reduced to protect the health and safety of our staff and patients. More information will be shared in the next week as those return to campus plans are finalized. Effective Monday, June 13, the following changes …

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COVID-19 Testing site hours of operations changes coming June 12

June 7th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

Effective Sunday, June 12, the campus COVID-19 testing sites will be modifying their days and hours of operation. The drive-thru testing site will be open Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (closed Friday and Saturday). The Walk-up testing site will be open Sunday-Thursday, 4-6 p.m. only. The COVID-19 Results Line, 907-729-2999, will be answered Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Preregistration is still required https://covid19test.anmc.org/.

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Policy and procedures update

June 6th, 2022 by Ginny Occhipinti

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Infection Prevention and Control Procedure: The procedure provides guidelines for the use of PPE during patient care to prevent the transmission of infectious agents associated with healthcare delivery. Standard Precautions Procedure: This is a new procedure which provides guidelines for interactions between patients and ANMC employees, contract workers, students, and volunteers to prevent the transmission of infectious agents associated with healthcare delivery. Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA) Policy: Establishes the framework for the process of conducting a Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA) at ANMC. Legal Guardian Notation Procedure 101-14D with …

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Updated COVID-19 Employment & Timekeeping FAQ’s

June 2nd, 2022 by Chelsea Wells

Below is an updated FAQ document highlighting ANTHC’s procedures for COVID-19 leave and isolation requirements, timekeeping and other helpful resources. For additional information, the ANTHC Employee Health COVID-10 procedure can be found here. Employee Health (M-F): (907) 729-4578 or (907) 729-2900 Employee Health email: _aka-employeehealth@anthc.orgHuman Resources: (907) 729-1301 Information on scheduling a test: https://anthc.org/covid-19-testing-at-anmc/Information on signing up for a vaccine booster: Staff are not required to have a Booster but HIGHLY encouraged.Register here: https://anthc.as.me Vaccine clinics are every Friday, 7 a.m.-11 a.m. COVID-19 Employment …

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Policy and procedure updates: drug diversion prevention, universal masking, genetic testing and transmission-based isolation precautions have been updated; Intrastate Travel for Healthcare During COVID has been retired

May 26th, 2022 by Ginnie Occhipinti

The following procedures have been recently updated: Drug Diversion Prevention Procedure: Changes to the procedure include changing “controlled substance” to “medication” and adding “non-controlled medications;” deleting ANTHC, SCF, and HR from 4.1; and editing department titles for accuracy and clarity. Universal Masking Policy: Changes to the procedure include updating language about medical-grade masks to state that staff must wear medical-grade masks (cloth masks are not allowed). Patients are encouraged to wear medical-grade masks, but cloth masks will be accepted. All …

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Update to campus masking requirements

May 4th, 2022 by Chelsea Wells

Mask wearing and vaccination remain powerful prevention strategies against COVID-19 spread and severe infection. Mask wearing remains mandatory in all clinical settings. Clinical staff must wear a hospital-grade mask, not a cloth mask. However, because community transmission levels are not in the “high” category as determined by the CDC and our organization’s policy regarding vaccination status, the need for wearing a mask in closed non-clinical areas will transition to optional on March 21. Employee-only areas, such as break rooms and …

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ANMC moving to Level Yellow: limited visitation and expanded visiting hours

May 3rd, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

Effective today, May 3, 2022, the temporary visitation policy at ANMC has moved to Level Yellow. Visitation will continue to be limited, but we are moving to this level to best support our patients’ health and healing by permitting limited visitation and expanding visiting hours to 8 a.m.-9 pm. Permitted visitor guidelines can be found in the matrix below. Visitors must: Be assessed for symptoms at an entry screening station; At the hospital, the front rotunda and skybridge are the only …

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Tailgating Prevention – It Takes Everyone!

April 29th, 2022 by Chelsea Wells

Tailgating is one of the most widespread security breaches and has recently been identified as a common problem on our campus. One of the most frequent instances of tailgating occurs when an employee politely holds open a door for a colleague or visitor. This unintentionally creates a security breach by enabling an unauthorized user to access the building or area. Another instance where tailgating can occur is when an oblivious employee allows a door to slowly close behind them, leaving …

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PPE Conservation Update: Effective 4/11/2022 PAPR will be preferred for use when caring for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients

April 6th, 2022 by Erin Keith

Our PPE operational level continues to be GREEN/conventional.  Effective 4/11/2022, PAPRs will be preferred and no longer required when caring for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients. The PPE Hazard Assessment Grid (4/6/22) is updated to reflect this change. Please share this at department meetings and shift changes to disseminate this information widely. Staff Reminders: Staff MUST be current on their respirator fit test Staff should only use the respirator that they have been fit tested for Respiratory protection is required for …

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Updated COVID-19 Testing Options for staff: registration now required for all campus testing options

February 18th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

Staff who would like to take advantage of the self-swab test kit pick-up will return to using the website or QR code process effective Feb. 18. Pre-registration is now required and you must wait to receive the confirmation text before proceeding to pick up your kit at the CCU second floor pick-up area. Tests are no longer available for pick-up without registering first. This process is still for asymptomatic staff testing only. Symptomatic staff should use the drive-thru testing site. Updated asymptomatic testing staff process: Register at https://covid19test.anmc.org/. Select …

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PPE conservation update: PAPR will be required in place of an N95 Respirator for suspected confirmed COVID-19 patient interactions effective Feb. 23

February 17th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

Our PPE operational level continues to be GREEN/conventional.  Recent manufacturer and shipping delays have significantly impacted the availability of N95 respirators at ANMC. In order to remain at PPE operational level GREEN/conventional, the PPE Conservation Workgroup evaluated the supply of N95 respirators and identified opportunities for conservation. The workgroup consists of nursing, ancillary services, supply, infection control and safety, and reports to Incident Command.  The following conservation strategies will be effective Feb. 23: A PAPR is required in place of an N95 Respirator …

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ANMC staff are required to wear face shields or goggles in clinical settings: new prescription eyewear process

February 14th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

All ANMC staff are required to wear face shields or goggles to lower COVID-19 exposure risk while in a clinical setting. The CDC continues to recommend the use of eye protection for health care workers serving populations with high community COVID-19 spread. Anchorage and our surrounding communities continue to fall into this category. All ANMC staff need to wear OSHA-approved eye protection whenever performing direct patient care, regardless of a patient’s COVID-19 status and continue to follow the PPE recommendations outlined in …

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Changes to COVID-19 test result procedure

February 8th, 2022 by Chelsea Wells

Effective Wednesday, Feb. 9, patients and staff can receive updates on their COVID-19 test results from ANMC via text or a dedicated call-in phone line. Text message when results available in myHealth: For those with phones able to receive text messages, you will now receive a text when your results are available in the myHealth portal. Texts will be sent between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Anyone can sign up for a myHealth patient portal account by contacting Admitting at 907-729-1395. Call …

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COVID-19 testing site registration changes

February 1st, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

Effective today, Tuesday, Feb. 1, the “I am currently onsite” registration option at the walk-up or drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites will no longer be available. If patients or staff are already onsite, they should still complete the registration process and then notify the testing site staff at the first check-in station. Testing site staff will then update their registration to mark they are currently waiting onsite to create the order. Patients will need to park and wait in their vehicles …

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Level red: hospital access for patients limited to front rotunda entrance and sky bridge

January 27th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

For patients who are coming to the hospital for care or appointment (or if staff are having any food deliveries) the only two entrances open to the public at the hospital are the front main rotunda entrance and the sky bridge entrance. Both of these are open and have a screener from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The temporary visitation policy at ANMC remains at level red. Level Red is our most restrictive visitor policy, with no visitors or escorts for …

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New COVID-19 Employment & Timekeeping FAQ available

January 25th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

Human Resources has updated the frequently asked questions (FAQ) document about COVID-19 and timekeeping. This FAQ is intended to provide employees with readily available guidance for some of the common questions they may have. This document provides updated guidance on leave and quarantine, benefits and resources. In the event of a conflict between these FAQs and ANTHC policies and procedures, ANTHC policies and procedures shall prevail. COVID-19 Employment & Timekeeping FAQ’s (January 24, 2022) *updated* Paid COVID-19 Sick Time Procedure (January 11, 2022) *updated* ANTHC Employee Health …

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Additional employee COVID-19 testing option

January 21st, 2022 by Chelsea Wells

As an interim step towards making testing more available to our staff, asymptomatic employees have the option to proceed to the alcove by the Critical Care Unit (CCU) entrance, located on the east end of the second floor of ANMC and pick up a self-swab test kit. No pre-registration is required for this option. Instructions and paper order will be included with the kit. Employee COVID Self Testing Instructions (FOR ASYMPTOMATIC TESTING ONLY) Pick up test kit and order sheet …

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COVID-19 Retention Q2 Bonus program update

January 18th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

ANTHC staff, Thank you to every single employee for all of your incredible work and commitment to the mission of ANTHC and the people we serve during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Words cannot express enough, our sincere gratitude and appreciation for all that you have done, the sacrifices you and your families have made and continue to make throughout our pandemic response.  As communicated last September, the ANTHC Board of Directors and Leadership team wanted to find another way to …

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At-home COVID-19 test kits available to order Jan. 19

January 14th, 2022 by Chelsea Wells

The U.S. public can begin ordering free at-home rapid Covid-19 tests through a new government website on Jan. 19, senior Biden administration officials said. Initially, orders will be limited to four tests per residential address. Tests will ship via mail within 7-12 days of ordering, the officials said. The administration expects that timeline to shortenas the program ramps up, one of the officials said. The public will be able to order tests at covidtests.gov. Those without access to the internet …

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New ANMC cleaning reminder chime: plays daily from 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

January 14th, 2022 by Carol Dunn-Hale

A new overhead reminder chime is now playing daily every two hours from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the overhead paging system at ANMC. This plays as a reminder for hospital staff to take a safety moment for cleaning and disinfecting shared areas and other frequently touched surfaces. The chime plays daily every two hours from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. During evening quiet hours, a TigerText reminder will be sent to select staff for overnight cleaning reminders. Frequent …

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Safe return to campus: business travel reminder

January 13th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

As the Omicron variant makes its way throughout our communities, please consider the work travel protocol before booking any travel. We remain in Phase 4B of our Safe Return to Campus Plan and are continuing to follow the below protocols for travel. Out of state business travel: essential travel will be approved on a case-by-case basis by Executive Leadership or Incident Command.   In-state business travel: Staff are required to follow all local, Tribal and Tribal health organization requirements. Those …

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ANMC Non-Clinical Labor Pool: Staff needed for ANMC clinics

January 12th, 2022 by Tammy Philemonoff

ANMC is in need of ANTHC workforce members to augment non-clinical staffing roles. The need is for coverage in all work shifts that include days, mid-days, nights, and weekends. ANTHC employees who are able to pause their primary duties to support ANMC, please discuss with your supervisor and complete a Labor Pool Availability Profile. Training and information will be provided to make sure you have what you need while performing a temporary assignment. If you or your supervisor have any …

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ANTHC Paid COVID-19 Sick Time and Employee Health procedures updated

January 12th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

The ANTHC’s Paid COVID-19 Sick Time Procedure, HR602-01 (January 11, 2022), has been updated. The CDC recently updated its guidance on when employees may return to work after a COVID-19 infection after a reduced isolation period length of 5-7 days from symptom onset or positive test. The ANTHC COVID-19 sick time procedure has been updated accordingly. Please note, if ANMC, under Incident Command, internally activates Crisis Standards of Care, this timeline may be shortened following CDC guidance to meet operational needs. The key …

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COVID-19 Testing Site holiday hours

December 21st, 2021 by Fiona Brosnan

The COVID-19 testing sites will be modifying their hours over the upcoming holidays. Christmas eve observed, Dec. 23: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Christmas observed, Dec. 24: closed Christmas Day: Dec. 25: closed New Year’s Day observed, Dec. 31: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. New Year’s Day, Jan. 1: closed

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No changes to ANTHC Universal Masking policy

December 8th, 2021 by Fiona Brosnan

The Anchorage Assembly voted to end Anchorage’s mask mandate but ANTHC will not be not making any changes to our universal masking policy at this time. Masks continue to be required to be worn by all staff in all ANTHC buildings and property to protect the health and safety of our staff, patients and visitors. Reminder: face coverings continue to be required when in all ANTHC and ANMC property: Indoors in any common areas, including when entering and exiting any building, hallway, stairway, restroom, elevator, conference room, or break …

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No changes to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Hazard Assessment grid: Protective eyewear required in all clinical settings

November 29th, 2021 by Erin Keith

Reminder: All ANMC staff are required to wear face shields or goggles to lower COVID-19 exposure risk while in a clinical setting. The CDC continues to recommend the use of eye protection for health care workers serving populations with high community COVID-19 spread. Anchorage and our surrounding communities continue to fall into this category. All ANMC staff need to wear OSHA-approved eye protection whenever performing direct patient care, regardless of a patient’s COVID-19 status and continue to follow the PPE recommendations outlined …

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Share the Gratitude invitation for health care workers: free Alaska zoo admission from ConocoPhillips for ANTHC and SCF staff and their families

November 20th, 2021 by Fiona Brosnan

ConocoPhillips Appreciates Alaska’s Frontline Workers! From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, ConocoPhillips Alaska is sponsoring admission to the Alaska Zoo for all health care workers, first responders and their families attending with them. Just show your work ID at the gate, and you and your family will be admitted any day of the week, including Zoo Lights, free of charge.  From the ConocoPhillips Alaska family to our dedicated frontline workers – THANK YOU for taking care of Alaskans. More information can …

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COVID-19 booster vaccine doses available at ANMC Employee Health

November 19th, 2021 by Fiona Brosnan

ANTHC Employee Health is providing COVID-19 booster vaccine doses to employees that have completed any of the available COVID-19 primary vaccine series. Employees can select the vaccination they would like to receive. Please register online at https://anthc.as.me/schedule.php and indicate your preference when scheduling your appointment. ANTHC Employee Health recommends booster vaccine doses due to our ongoing high rates of transmission in the community and increased exposure risk at the workplace. Booster vaccine doses are not required.  The vaccine clinic is from 7 …

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ANTHC Employee Health COVID-19 Procedure has been updated

November 10th, 2021 by Fiona Brosnan

The ANTHC Employee Health COVID-19 Procedure (November 9, 2021) has been updated. Updates include: Simplified language, reformatted for easier review of key information Updated travel to reflect current health advisories Updated vaccine information and boosters Updated testing requirements for HCWs post exposure Updated references

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